Things to see in CologneBleibtreusee:
Though it's nowhere near the coast in the North of Germany, don't let that stop you hitting the beach in the summer... head to Bleibtreusee lake, the local beach for some stunning views, sunbathing, beach side bars and bikini clad frauliens!
Europe's newest, and possibly weirdest, trend - race against the clock to escape... or be locked in forever! Alright, maybe not forever but you get the jist. Crystal maze meets the ever so addictive puzzle phone games for an hour of clues, riddles and head scratchers.
Bit of a bizarre tradition, but when it results in all day partying - we're not going to argue with it. Carnival season opens at 11 minutes past 11 on the 11th of November... it's suspended over the advent period, but kicks off again on the 6th of January through until the beginning of lent. The best week to go is the final week, where there's plenty of food, beer and some rather bizarre traditions and parades starring a fat farmer - Seine Deftigkeit.
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